£10m to support university students through pandemic

The Welsh Government has announced an extra £10 million this year towards supporting university students during the pandemic.

The funding can be used for increased mental health services and student financial hardship funds. It will also help universities improve their student support services, including food services for students who are required to self-isolate.

The funding will help increase capacity in students’ unions and universities to provide advice and support for both students and staff, with a focus on mental health support and suicide-safer measures.

Some of the funding will be targeted at learning support for vulnerable students and those with disabilities or caring responsibilities, including helping to address digital poverty.

The funding will be managed by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and is in addition to the £27 million Higher Education Investment and Recovery Fund announced in the summer.

Announcing the funding, the Education Minister, Kirsty Williams said: "Going away to university can be a difficult time for many students, which has been exacerbated by the current circumstances. It’s been a priority for me to support our universities and students this year in particular.

"Our universities here in Wales are leaders when it comes to student wellbeing. Following the £27m I announced to support our universities this year, this funding will help universities continue their important role of supporting and developing our students."

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